EXECUTIVE PROFILES

Melissa “Missy” Hughes
Secretary and CEO

Melissa “Missy” Hughes is secretary and CEO of WEDC, Wisconsin’s lead economic development organization. Before joining WEDC in October 2019, she was general counsel and…. Read More

Sam Rikkers
Chief Operating Officer

Sam Rikkers is deputy secretary and chief operating officer for WEDC. Prior to joining WEDC in November 2019… Read More

Brian Nowicki
Chief Financial Officer

Brian Nowicki is chief financial officer of WEDC. He joined WEDC in December 2015, bringing to the position… Read More

David Brukardt
Associate Vice President, Office of Economic Development, UW System

David Brukardt is associate vice president of economic development for the University of Wisconsin System, a position jointly funded by the WEDC. In this… Read More

Mary Gage
Vice President, Business & Community Development

Mary Gage is vice president of business and community development for WEDC, a role she assumed in July 2019…Read More

Aaron Hagar
Vice President, Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Sector Strategy Development

Aaron Hagar is vice president of entrepreneurship and innovation and sector strategy development for WEDC. Aaron previously served… Read More

Kelly Lietz
Vice President, Marketing and Brand Strategy

Kelly Lietz is the vice president of marketing and brand strategy for WEDC. Kelly has 20 years of public… Read More

Anne Jesko
Vice President, Human Resources

Anne Jesko is vice president of human resources with WEDC. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of compensation and benefits… Read More

Joshua Robbins
Vice President, Technology and Information Systems

Joshua Robbins is vice president of technology and information systems for WEDC. He joined WEDC in December 2011, and joined the executive staff… Read More

Kelliann Blazek
Director of the Office of Rural Prosperity

Kelliann Blazek is director of WEDC’s Office of Rural Prosperity, which was created in 2020 to ensure the needs of Wisconsin’s rural communities are aptly represented…. Read More

Katy Sinnott
Vice President, International Business Development

Katy Sinnott is vice president of international business development with WEDC. In this role, she is responsible for … Read More

Amy Young
Office of Public Policy Director

Amy Young is the Public Policy Director for WEDC. Amy has more than 14 years of economic development… Read More

Mike Woicekowski
Assistant to the CEO/Director of Special Projects

Michael Woicekowski serves as assistant to the secretary and director of special projects. He joined WEDC in November 2019…. Read More